Sociology of Symbolic Systems (2008/2009)

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Course code
Name of lecturer
Paola Di Nicola
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. I B dal Nov 17, 2008 al Jan 18, 2009.

Lesson timetable

Sem. I B
Day Time Type Place Note
Thursday 10:10 AM - 12:40 PM lesson Lecture Hall Zorzi B  
Friday 10:10 AM - 12:40 PM lesson Lecture Hall Zorzi B  

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to analyze how different kinds of multiculturalism recognize the collective rights of the minority groups, that live toghether in the same cultural space. The hard balance between equality and diversity in the global society, between and within the social groups is the more important challenge to multicultural citizenship.


After a presentation of the general theories that focus the relationship between culture and society (culture and social system; culture and social interaction), it will be highlighted the social, economic, political and cultural processes that have modified radically the rational function of the symbolic universe related to the individual experience on the multicultural societies, which have generated the debate about the politics of recognition. The subjects discussed during the course will be the following: relationship between culture and society; identity and community; equality and diversit;, multiculturalism and politics of recognition.

Texts for the examination(frequentanti):
F. Crespi, Manuale di sociologia della cultura, Capitoli: Introduzione; 1. Concetti generali; 2. Teorie generali del rapporto tra cultura e società; 3. I diversi ambiti di produzione della cultura; Laterza, Bari-Roma, 2003.
S. Benhabib, La rivendicazione dell’identità culturale, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2005.
V. Cesareo, Società multietniche e multiculturalismi, Vita e Pensiero, Milano, 2000.
J. Habermas, C. Taylor, Multiculturalismo. Lotte per il riconoscimento, Feltrinelli, Milano, 2007.

Programma per non frequentanti.
Gli studenti non frequentanti aggiungono al programma uno dei seguenti testi:
A. Honneth, Lotte per il riconoscimento, Il Saggiatore, Milano, 2002.
A.B. Seligman, La scommessa della modernità. L’autorità, il Sé e la trascendenza, Meltemi, Roma, 2002.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam.